CARENCRO — With points at a premium, Comeaux High designed a defense with prescribed targets in mind Monday night.
The Spartans placed Carencro High shooters Jacob Siner and Dandre Dudley inside the web of a matchup zone that kept scoring at a minimum as the Spartans used a 50-47 victory to seize second place in District 5-3A.
Comeaux boys basketball coach Jeremy Whittington said Siner and Dudley were two weapons the Spartans (16-9, 7-3) feared most.
“When we’ve played them before, those two guys have given us a lot of problems. We felt the only way we would stop Carencro was to do something different to hold the scoring down from those guys,” Whittington said.
Whittington said Comeaux is more comfortable operating with the opponents’ scores below 50 points.
“If we give up more than 50, then we’re likely to lose,” Whittington said.
Carencro coach Chris Kovatch said he figured the Spartans would try something new.
“I didn’t know 100 percent what to expect,” he said. “They’ve given us several different looks in the past, so coming in it was sort of a crapshoot in our minds about what we were going to see.”
Kovatch said it was obvious who the Spartans intended to stop.
“They were playing real aggressively on (Siner and Dudley),” he said. “That kind of kept the score down.
“If it was up to us, we would have preferred the game to be a higher scoring one.”
The win put Comeaux in undisputed second place, while Carencro dropped to 6-4 and 16-11.
Neither team led by more than five points.
In the fourth quarter, Siner broke loose for a 3-point shot that provided the Bears with a 34-29 lead.
Comeaux cut that advantage quickly as Davaughn Thomas scored off a turnover and then went inside with a layup to even it at 36 with 5:11 left.
The Spartans stretched their lead to 43-39 with 3:15 remaining after Jaleel Moore sank a trey from a deep corner and Mike Smith broke free underneath the basket.
Carencro was bothered by a series of turnovers during the last three minutes, something Kovatch said played a significant role in the loss.
“Those turnovers at that point were huge,” he said. “One thing we can take away from that experience is we have to keep our composure better at that point.”
Siner scored with 42.9 seconds to cut a five-point Spartan lead to three (46-43).
Dudley added another basket off a missed shot following an inbounds play to put Carencro within a point at 48-47.
Whittington said his team was also bothered by turnovers. The Spartans committed 18 in the game, including nine in the second period.
Siner still finished with 19 points, while Smith and Thomas led the Spartans with 10 apiece.
Carencro also had its problems from the free-throw line. The Bears made 15 of 25 attempts, while Comeaux was 10 of 15 from the line.